Meaning of LUSTER in English


luster 1

— lusterless , adj.

/lus"teuhr/ , n.

1. the state or quality of shining by reflecting light; glitter, sparkle, sheen, or gloss: the luster of satin.

2. a substance, as a coating or polish, used to impart sheen or gloss.

3. radiant or luminous brightness; brilliance; radiance.

4. radiance of beauty, excellence, merit, distinction, or glory: achievements that add luster to one's name.

5. a shining object, esp. one used for decoration, as a cut-glass pendant or ornament.

6. a chandelier, candleholder, etc., ornamented with cut-glass pendants.

7. any natural or synthetic fabric with a lustrous finish.

8. Also called metallic luster . an iridescent metallic film produced on the surface of a ceramic glaze.

9. Mineral. the nature of a mineral surface with respect to its reflective qualities: greasy luster.


10. to finish (fur, cloth, pottery, etc.) with a luster or gloss.


11. to be or become lustrous.

Also, esp. Brit., lustre .

[ 1515-25; lustre lustro, deriv. of lustrare to polish, purify lustrare to purify ceremonially, deriv. of lustrum LUSTRUM ]

Syn. 1. See polish .

Ant. 1. dullness.

luster 2

/lus"teuhr/ , n.

lustrum (def. 1).

Also, esp. Brit., lustre .

[ 1375-1425; late ME lustre lustrum. See LUSTRUM ]

luster 3

/lus"teuhr/ , n.

a person who lusts: a luster after power.

[ 1585-95; LUST + -ER 1 ]

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